February 22, 2024

Backstage at the Egyptian: Dr. Christopher Mitchell talks ‘Four Poets One Mic’

Marketing intern, Pamela, had a chance to talk with Dr. Christopher Mitchell ahead of the free ‘Four Poets One Mic’ event happening at our venue on February 22nd at 7 PM. Check out the interview below:

PAMELA: Could you please explain a little about The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 and why
this film was chosen for this event?
DR. CHRISTOPHER MITCHELL: The Black Power Mixtape was selected because as a team we felt that it highlights the
importance of collaboration within our NIU community and highlights the issues that
are still prevalent in Black communities all across the country. As we strive for equity
and the Black Power Mixtape speaks to the on going challenges Black people face.

P: What do you hope the audience takes away from this event?
DR.M: We hope the audience is inspired to act and stand firm in their beliefs, as well as
collaborate with community and campus partners while Honoring Black Heritage
through celebrating the progress that the Black Power movement has caused. We
hope the audience is empowered to act and get involved.

P: Are there any other events the Center for Black Studies will host for the remainder of this year’s Black History Month?

DR.M: Yes, we have a ‘Rustin’ Film Screening on February 23rd at 2 PM, the Afrocentric Fashion Show on February 23rd at 6 PM, a Black Heritage Month Lecture from Amanda Joyce Hall, Ph.D. on February 27th at 4:30 PM, a bowling event on February 28th at 6:30 PM and a Black Heritage Month Lecture from Theodore Foster on February 29th at 4:30 PM.